NFL Week 9 has come and gone save for our Monday Night San Diego - Chicago game. Overall, We saw a fairly predictable week for the most part. Drew Brees and whatever QB he's dueling with again turned into a big QB points fest. Mark Ingram failed to convert a couple of goal-line carries much to my consternation.
I had Antonio Brown pegged as my "Ferrari of the week" and I sure hope you listened to me there. As a Raiders fan I know all too well how horrid my team's secondary is. With TJ Carrie out and the ageless Charles Woodson left as the only reliable option in the defensive backfield, Brown had an absolute monster outing with over 300+ total yards and 17 receptions. He burned Dave Amerson and DJ Hayden repeatedly in the first half.
Let's also talk about DeAngelo Williams who also put up a monster game. Brown and Williams together put up over 500 yards of total offense. Ridiculous. The Raiders rush D which came in pretty stout was gashed repeatedly as Williams again made his presence felt in the absence of Le'Veon Bell. His price tag has already risen $1000 on DraftKings for Week 10.
Despite getting roasted defensively, the Raiders didn't disappoint on the offensive side of the ball. Derek Carr had another 4 TD outing and both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper finished with good games. I explained that Carr at the $5500 price tag was just too good of a bargain to pass up.
I was starting to wonder if I had made a big mistake by suggesting Aaron Rodgers as my favorite contrarian play this week, but a second half surge from A-Rod proved it was sage advice after all. If only Rodgers would have seen Randall Cobb open on that final 4th and goal play. I would have much preferred seeing Cobb spike a football there instead of A-Rod spiking a Surface tablet in disgust.
Still, the Rodgers/Cobb stack did produce 56.9 points on DK. Not quite the 60 points I was hoping for, but it was so close to being more. Cobb also finished at the always-maddening 99 yard receiving mark, which we know means he was 1 yard away from the 3 point 100 yard bonus. That measly yard was the only difference between the stack hitting 60 points. This is life weekly as a DFS NFL player.
Of course, I'm not here to just point out my good picks of the week and try to make it seem like I'm some sort of oracle. I had myself a pretty nice week on DraftKings and hopefully with help from Jeremy Langford and Stevie Johnson, it will get even nice after tonight.
Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo offense had a great day, but 3 rushing TDs from McCoy and Karlos Williams limited Tygod from putting up big points. The Bucs-Giants game was a bust in general with Mike Evans dropping an unbelievable 6 passes and Doug Martin busting big time with a horrific 5.3 points.
Mark Ingram was in a glorious spot and failed to convert twice. I strongly considered pivoting to DeMarco Murray who was about the same price, and that decision ended up costing me about 15 points. Thankfully Ryan Mathews again stole a TD away from Murray so I didn't have to cry myself to sleep.
My WR advice this week was probably my best spot. I advised you to play Antonio Brown instead of Julio or ODB. I also gave you Crabtree, Cooper, Cobb, and Hurns, and Brandon LaFell. I mentioned Robert Woods instead of Sammy Watkins. Oops. Demaryius Thomas also disappointed in what I thought was a better spot for him.
I'm sorry I wasn't on Cole Beasley there. If you were, then good for you. Keep in mind that Hail Marys like Beasley and Corey Brown aren't going to do that for you again this year.
For RBs, I gave you a pretty big list of options and for the most part they contained the good plays. Freeman, Gurley, and Peterson were all decent but not spectacular. The Denver running attack was bad, Chris Ivory was absolutely abysmal but did salvage his day with 2 TD plunges.
The only place I really missed the mark this week was TE/DST. I ended up going with Julius Thomas as my contrarian play, and he did see a red zone target, but failed to make good on it and had a very subpar day. My only saving grace was I did have Delanie Walker in one of my lineups.
As far as defenses, Atlanta only gave up 17 to Blaine Gabbert and picked him off twice, but 5 points was disappointing. Denver and New England had decent days, and the Jets managed to take advantage of mistake-prone Jacksonville.
I'll be back tomorrow to talk about how I did this week and we'll look ahead to our Week 10 QB primer.
Wish me luck!